NPO (Pharmaceuticals)
World Health Organization (WHO)
EM_IRQ WHO Representative's Office, Iraq
Close on 5 Oct 2020
Location: Erbil (Iraq)
Grade: NO-A, Entry Professional
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Job Description


The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations


--> Coordinate logistical arrangements on procurement, storage and delivery of medicines and medical products.

--> Perform on regular basis need assessment missions, identify and analyse deficiencies in medicine supply chain at health facilities and fill the gaps along with accurate and complete documentation for all consignments.

--> Secure warehouse management including inventory control and storage conditions according to WHO guidelines on good storage and distribution practises (monitoring product quality and cold chain management, physical inventory and stock records, controlled medicines, waste management, stock rotation and FIFO rules etc).

--> Carry out basic analyses to evaluate the pharmaceutical needs in the designated area, including forecasting and quantification of contingency planning of essential medicines requirements.

--> Review WHO indicators on rational use as well as conduct patient exit interviews to gauge patient knowledge and quality of health service delivery.

--> Participate in trainings for public health care staff and implementing partners on national medicines policy, rational use of medicines, good distribution practise, good dispensing practise and supply management.



Essential: First level university degree in Pharmacy or Supply chain and logistics.
Desirable: Degree in public health or in clinical pharmacy




Essential: At least 1 year of experience required in the area of national drug policy programmes and administration.
Desirable: Experience in public health or in emergency management. Experience in UN Organizations, international institutions or NGOs is considered an asset.





1) Knowledge of WHO mandate and goals and procedures and policies 2) Ability to summarize and prepare clear and precise papers and documents. . 3) Knowledge in developing policies and strategies in the pharmaceutical sector.4) Good skills in the pharmaceutical sector management, drug regulatory and drug chain supply5) Ability to work independently and under pressure.6) Excellent ability to work and deliver quality results in pressing and conflicting priorities.




WHO Competencies

Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Producing results
Promoting innovation and organizational learning




Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Expert knowledge of LOCAL.
Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.







Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 41,683 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.







  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the duty station is located will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of this country will not be considered.

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